Nicholls Takes Down Ladyjacks
Oct. 23, 2010
THIBODAUX, La. - The Ladyjack volleyball team held a 2-1 edge through three sets, but could not finish off a pesky Nicholls Colonels squad that came back to take a 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 15-25, 25-13, 15-12) on Saturday at Stopher Gym.
MC Bottles and Arielle Daron each dropped in a match-high 17 kills for SFA (11-14, 4-6), but for the second consecutive season the Colonels (13-10, 5-5) were able to sneak away with a five-set victory in their own gym for the second consecutive season.
SFA finished with 11 more kills than the Colonels, but were hindered by inaccuracy all afternoon, hitting just .115 on the day with 41 attack errors compared to just 23 by Nicholls.
Three Ladyjacks finished with 16 digs apiece, including Monica Pannone and Kelsey Owens, who each needed just one more kill to register a double-double. Bottles led all SFA players with six blocks, while Daron added five of her own as well. Freshman Allison Gideon finished with 48 assists and six kills as well.
Neither team had better than a three-point lead after the midway point of the first set before SFA was able to rally from a 22-20 deficit late in the set, capitalizing on three Colonel attack errors to steal a two-point win and take an early 1-0 lead.
Nicholls flipped the script on SFA in the second set, putting together a rally of its own with the aid of 15 attack errors by the Ladyjacks. SFA tallied 17 of its 23 points in the set via kills, but only put up a .040 attack percentage.
In the third set SFA upped that number to .229 while the Colonels only could find the floor for six kills in helping the Ladyjacks to a 2-1 lead in the match. But SFA could not deliver the final blow, as instead the Colonels did not misfire once on 28 tries in the third set and sent the match to a deciding fifth set with a 12-point win.
Still, SFA had its chance to close it out in the fifth frame, but a 9-4 lead was not enough for the resilient Colonels. Nicholls staged an 11-3 run over the final 14 points to even its league record.
SFA returns home this week with a pair of home matches, beginning Thursday with UT-Arlington and Saturday with Texas State.